Council tax rises and increased service costs are set to hit Northamptonshire taxpayers as the county council bids to cut £66m from its budget in the next financial year.
While the authority intends to meet its longer term financial pressures by outsourcing work to social enterprises – £66m of immediate cuts must be taken out of the 2015/16 budget alone to meet the demand. The fee for a marriage or civil partnership ceremony is to rise to between £325 and £490, while parking charges at country parks would rise by 10p to £2.70 a day.
A one per cent rise in the cost of adult social care is proposed, and council tax is set to rise by 1.95 per cent.
More than 60 cost-saving ‘efficiencies’ are proposed to meet the financial pressures. They include removing the subsidy to the Nourish school meals service, which would save £1m. On the other hand children’s services will see investments made of £19m to cope with “growing demand”..